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Joseph Brown Collection

Identifier: MS-1884

This collection contains Joseph Brown's personal and business files. Included are financial papers and correspondence with family and associates. The collection also includes many of Joseph Brown's manuscripts, photographs, and sketches, along with newspaper articles and awards reflecting his accomplishments. Lastly, there is a small section containing the personal and business files of Gwyneth Brown, Joseph Brown's wife.


  • 1927-circa 1989

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.


40.5 Linear Feet


This collection contains the papers of sports sculptor Joe Brown.

Biographical/Historical Note

Joseph Brown (1909-1985), former Princeton University Professor, is best remembered for his sculpting, particularly of sports figures. He was a professional boxer for a short time before he took up sculpting. His mentor in sculpting was R. Tait McKenzie and his work echoed fourth and fifth century Greek sculptural forms. Joe Brown taught sculpting classes at Princeton University and also coached boxing. Also, Brown was involved in designing and developing innovative children's playground equipment.


Collection consists of 27 boxes divided into sixteen series: Business Files; Correspondence; Financial Papers; Personal and Biographical; Gwyneth Brown Correspondence; Gwyneth Brown Personal and Business Files; Manuscripts; Audio/Visual Materials; Drawings and Sketches; Photographs; Newspaper Clippings; Playground Equipment Files; Awards; Print Material (Magazines, pamphlets, etc.); Photo Albums and Other Material; and Oversized Materials.

Acquisition Note

This collection came through the office of Dr. Andrew Kozar and was given by the Brown Trust.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA